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READ THIS: So-called “progressive” NY is 1 of 2 states w/ a law that entirely blocks the public, defense attorneys, defendants, press, & prosecutors from seeing disciplinary histories of police officers. The law is called “Civil Rights Law 50-a.” Join us in calling to #Repeal50a.
In practice: Only way to get cop records is “Gissendanner” motion (named after a case). Step 1: Defendant must show likelihood that records will yield “material & relevant” info. If so, judge reviews records in private. Step 2: Judge determines what’s actually material/relevant.
Major issues: Defense flying in dark. We have to put forward as much misconduct as we know to carry our burden just to get judge to review. And even then, can take months bc judge has to review all records, which can be tens of thousands pages and disciplinary hearing recordings.
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Cops slammed Chris Parhams head onto a sidewalk. Gave him a concussion. Tased him. Dragged him back by his cuffed arms into police car. Witnesses, cell phones, security cameras. Still: NYPD cleared the cops of wrongdoing. A new era of accountability…
Here’s a video of what the officers—with histories of civil rights violations—did to Chris Parham after he parked his delivery bike & walked into the store to purchase items.
As Executive Director of @BklynDefender & NY Council member @CMReynoso34 make clear: “Parham’s experience with law enforcement is not unique, and residents of New York City are not strangers to officers with problematic histories patrolling their streets.”
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This cop threw 11 y/o to the sidewalk. Put her in a banned chokehold. Lied about it under oath. NYPD shut down investigation. No consequences. He’s now patrolling Yankee stadium. Making $163k/yr while posting racist & Islamaphobic content online. Your…
NYPD’s ludicrous defense of extreme violence on a child: “The department found the officer’s use of force was appropriate given the girl’s attempts to evade custody and determined his statement under oath describing the incident did not constitute a ‘false official statement.’”
Other outrage: NY law protects discipline records (least transparent in country). Took 3 yrs to unearth this. “NY residents have almost no way of finding out which officers patrolling streets have been accused of serious wrongdoing & whether they received punishment as a result.”
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